Artillery types

pinaka: After Pinaka, another Indian artillery system to be exported

After the sale of the Pinaka multi-barrel rocket launchers to Armenia, another Indian artillery system has secured export orders, with Kalyani Strategic Systems announcing a $155 million deal with an undisclosed foreign customer.

The 155mm artillery gun, which was designed and manufactured locally, will be delivered to the friendly foreign nation over the next three years. The company did not disclose the customer or the number of weapons to be supplied, but said the order was for a “non-conflict zone”.

The company is, however, known to have sent its 155mm guns for evaluation to the Royal Saudi Army in 2020. At least two types of weapons sent by the company have been tested in the Saudi deserts. Kalyani also offers a truck-mounted artillery system called the MARG 155 mm/39 caliber.

The Indian Army has yet to place an order with the company for any of its artillery systems, but is currently evaluating the original Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) ATAGS gun. ), prototypes of which were manufactured by Kalyani and Tata Advanced Systems.

As noted, the first-ever export of indigenous artillery systems took place in September, with Armenia placing an order for the Pinaka Multi-Barrel Rocket Launchers (MBRL), the supplies of which are to be executed primarily by private sector companies.

In fact, Indian private sector companies lead in defense exports, although public sector units still outperform them in annual production of military systems. According to Ministry of Defense data, 70% of Indian exports worth almost ₹13,000 crore in the last financial year were carried out by private companies.

There has been a sustained effort to increase defense exports, with several new policy initiatives and active assistance from Indian missions abroad. The government has set a target of achieving exports worth $5 billion a year by 2025 and considers it a priority area, with several series of seminars and special events organized for customers. potentials. Also at the recent DefExpo in Gandhinagar, foreign military delegations from countries in Africa and the Indian Ocean region were invited and showcased the scope of military equipment on offer.